In Animated Short I Am Here, a Cosmic Search for Meaning Leads to a Most Unexpected Place

Image: Eoin Duffy
Image: Eoin Duffy

Eoin Duffy’s previous animated short followed the strange quest of a squirrel hunting for his missing scarf. His latest, I Am Here, follows another unusual journey—on a much larger scale. Instead of a forest creature, its protagonist is a cosmic being who’s questioning literally everything.

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The animation style is simple and modernist, and the score (by Menalon) is appropriately dreamy—but the real ace in the hole is acclaimed Canadian actor Nicholas Campbell’s world-weary narration. “I alone occupy the darkness” takes on an whole new poignant meaning once it’s put into real-world context at the end of the film.

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adriftenginseer
AdriftEnginseer

This was a wondrous story, and so perfectly captures all the thoughts and hopes and dreams, of those mere ephemeral mortals who dare to tread the eternal and unyielding halls of the DMV.